Robotic exoskeletonThe FIFA World Cup generates tremendous global buzz every four years, and the 2014 games will be even more exciting as a Brazilian paraplegic will don a state-of–the–art robotic exoskeleton and take a kick during the opening ceremony. “The movements are very smooth,” said Dr. Miguel Nicolelis about the exoskeleton to the Guardian. “They are human movements, not robotic movements.”

At Thursday‘s event in San Paulo, Brazil, the yet-to-be named paraplegic will wear a robotic suit and special cap outfitted with numerous tiny electrodes. The electrodes detect complex brain signals and translate them into digital commands that will cue the user’s leg movements. N